Big Stone Gap, VA

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2020 Population
5,209
0.913% 1-year decline
US Senator
Mark Warner
Democratic Party
US Senator
Tim Kaine
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
39.3
1.75% 1-year decrease
2020 Poverty Rate
30.1%
41.4% 1-year increase
2020 Median Household Income
$39,919
15% 1-year decline
2020 Median Property Value
$127,200
0.872% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
1,409
8.8% 1-year decline

About

In 2020, Big Stone Gap, VA had a population of 5.21k people with a median age of 39.3 and a median household income of $39,919. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Big Stone Gap, VA declined from 5,257 to 5,209, a −0.913% decrease and its median household income declined from $46,979 to $39,919, a −15% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Big Stone Gap, VA are White (Non-Hispanic) (71.9%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (22.8%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.71%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.36%), and Black or African American (Hispanic) (1.15%).

None of the households in Big Stone Gap, VA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.7% of the residents in Big Stone Gap, VA are U.S. citizens.

In 2020, the median property value in Big Stone Gap, VA was $127,200, and the homeownership rate was 52.8%. Most people in Big Stone Gap, VA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Big Stone Gap, VA was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Big Stone Gap, VA is home to a population of 5.21k people, from which 99.7% are citizens. As of 2020, 2.07% of Big Stone Gap, VA residents were born outside of the country (108 people).

In 2020, there were 3.16 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (3.74k people) in Big Stone Gap, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.19k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 89 Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Big Stone Gap, VA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    3.74k ± 257
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    1.19k ± 266
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    89 ± 70
1.9%
Hispanic Population
99 people

In 2020, there were 3.16 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (3.74k people) in Big Stone Gap, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.19k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 89 Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.9% of the people in Big Stone Gap, VA are hispanic (99 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Big Stone Gap, VA as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.07%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
108 people
2.09%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
110 people

As of 2020, 2.07% of Big Stone Gap, VA residents (108 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Big Stone Gap, VA was 2.09%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

39
Median Native-Born Age
± 3.9
42
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 13.5

In 2020, the median age of all people in Big Stone Gap, VA was 39.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Big Stone Gap, VA are getting getting younger. In 2019, the average age of all Big Stone Gap, VA residents was 40.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. El Salvador
    109,267 ± 8,063 people
  2. India
    94,596 ± 7,509 people
  3. Mexico
    56,409 ± 5,812 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Virginia was El Salvador, the natal country of 109,267 Virginia residents, followed by India with 94,596 and Mexico with 56,409.

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Citizenship

99.7%
2020 Citizenship
99.7%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 99.7% of Big Stone Gap, VA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Big Stone Gap, VA was 99.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    177 ± 102
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    84 ± 66
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    38 ± 37

Big Stone Gap, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.11 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Virginia, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Virginia (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Virginia. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Virginia.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Virginia across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Males in Virginia have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $60,365. The income inequality in Virginia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Big Stone Gap, VA employs 1.41k people. The largest industries in Big Stone Gap, VA are Accommodation & Food Services (265 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (247 people), and Educational Services (162 people), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($215,441), Public Administration ($63,545), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($39,917).

Wages

Median Household Income

$39,919
2020 value
± $22,450
−15%
1 Year Growth
± 74.8%

Households in Big Stone Gap, VA have a median annual income of $39,919, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $46,979 in 2019, which represents a −15% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$80,381
Average Male Salary in Virginia
± $1,440
$60,365
Average Female Salary in Virginia
± $1,133

In 2020, full-time male employees in Virginia made 1.33 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Virginia by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Virginia
  1. Asian
    $76,850 ± $3,561
  2. White
    $66,712 ± $1,098
  3. Two or More Races
    $54,027 ± $3,581

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Virginia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.15 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Virginia.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Big Stone Gap, VA is from Virginia.
0.478
2020 Wage GINI in Virginia
0.479
2019 Wage GINI in Virginia

In 2020, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.181% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Virginia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Virginia across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9313
  2. Census Tract 9312

The following map shows all of the places in Big Stone Gap, VA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Males 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

30.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Big Stone Gap, VA (1.17k out of 3.89k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 25 - 34, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Females < 5.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    802 ± 249
  2. Black
    370 ± 214
  3. Native American
    0 ± 92

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Big Stone Gap, VA is White, followed by Black and Native American.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

1.41k
2020 Value
± 359
−8.8%
1 Year decline
± 38.1%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Big Stone Gap, VA declined at a rate of −8.8%, from 1.55k employees to 1.41k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Big Stone Gap, VA, are Management Occupations (268 people), Sales & Related Occupations (179 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (139 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Big Stone Gap, VA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Big Stone Gap, VA, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (268 people), Sales & Related Occupations (179 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (139 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Big Stone Gap, VA has an unusually high number of residents working as Community & Social Service Occupations (2.4 times higher than expected), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (2.29 times), and Management Occupations (1.81 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Big Stone Gap, VA, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($81,750), Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($80,083), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($71,471).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

1.41k
2020 Value
± 359
−8.8%
1 Year decline
± 38.1%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Big Stone Gap, VA declined at a rate of −8.8%, from 1.55k employees to 1.41k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Big Stone Gap, VA, are Accommodation & Food Services (265 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (247 people), and Educational Services (162 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Big Stone Gap, VA, though some of these residents may live in Big Stone Gap, VA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Big Stone Gap, VA, by number of employees, are Accommodation & Food Services (265 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (247 people), and Educational Services (162 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Big Stone Gap, VA has an unusually high number of Accommodation & Food Services (2.6 times higher than expected), Public Administration (2.4 times), and Finance & Insurance (1.55 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Big Stone Gap, VA, by median earnings, are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($215,441), Public Administration ($63,545), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($39,917).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $37.3B
  2. $28.7B
  3. $25.6B

In 2020, the top outbound Virginia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $37.3B, followed by Electronics ($28.7B) and Machinery ($25.6B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Virginia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$325B
2020 Value in Virginia
$612B
Projected 2050 Value in Virginia
88.1% growth

In 2020, total outbound Virginia trade was $325B. This is expected to increase 88.1% to $612B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Virginia trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $25B
  2. $18.9B
  3. $13.2B

In 2020, the top outbound Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $25B, followed by Maryland with $18.9B and Pennsylvania and $13.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Virginia shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Virginia went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 54.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (44%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.45%). The most partisan county was Petersburg County, VA with 87.7% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. running for the Democratic Party.

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing the state of Virginia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Virginia is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Joseph R Biden Jr.
Popular Vote for Virginia
54.1% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in Virginia
  1. 87.7% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)
  2. 87.2% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 85.5% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Virginia was Petersburg County, VA with 87.7% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in Virginia colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Virginia

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Mark Warner
Senator from Virginia2
Assumed office on January 3, 2009
Tim Kaine
Senator from Virginia1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing Virginia.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Virginia over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Virginia

Virginia is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Virginia have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Big Stone Gap, VA was $127,200 in 2020, which is 0.554 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $126,100 to $127,200, a 0.872% increase. The homeownership rate in Big Stone Gap, VA is 52.8%, which is lower than the national average of 64.4%. People in Big Stone Gap, VA have an average commute time of 23.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Big Stone Gap, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$127,200
2020 Median
± $30,486
$126,100
2019 Median
± $20,299

In 2020, the median property value in Big Stone Gap, VA grew to to $127,200 from the previous year's value of $126,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Big Stone Gap, VA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Big Stone Gap, VA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$39,919
Median Household Income
± $22,450
1.69k
Number of Households
± 357

In 2020, the median household income of the 1.69k households in Big Stone Gap, VA declined from $39,919 from the previous year's value of $46,979.

The following chart displays the households in Big Stone Gap, VA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $60k - $75k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Big Stone Gap, VA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Big Stone Gap, VA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

52.8%
2020 Homeownership
53.3%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 52.8% of the housing units in Big Stone Gap, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 53.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Big Stone Gap, VA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

23.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Big Stone Gap, VA have a shorter commute time (23.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.56% of the workforce in Big Stone Gap, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (70.9%)
  2. Carpooled (22.2%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.27%)

In 2020, 70.9% of workers in Big Stone Gap, VA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (22.2%) and those who worked at home (5.27%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Big Stone Gap, VA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Big Stone Gap, VA have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

89.2% of the population of Big Stone Gap, VA has health coverage, with 31.4% on employee plans, 26.1% on Medicaid, 19.9% on Medicare, 8.13% on non-group plans, and 3.72% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Virginia was $7,556 in 2014. This is a 3.42% increase from the previous year ($7,306).

Primary care physicians in Wise County, VA see 2112 patients per year on average, which represents a 9.49% increase from the previous year (1929 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 4154 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 935 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Nottoway County and Bristol city have the highest prevalence of diabetes (22.5%). Additionally, King and Queen County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (48.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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2,112 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Wise County, VA

Primary care physicians in Wise County, VA see an average of 2,112 patients per year. This represents a 9.49% increase from the previous year (1,929 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Wise County, VA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,556
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Virginia
$4,218
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$7,361
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$9,677
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Virginia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.42%, from $7,306 to $7,556.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

10.8%
Uninsured
31.4%
Employer Coverage
26.1%
Medicaid
19.9%
Medicare
8.13%
Non-Group
3.72%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Big Stone Gap, VA declined by 11.6% from 12.2% to 10.8%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Big Stone Gap, VA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 22.5% prevalence
  2. 22.5% prevalence
  3. 20.3% prevalence

Nottoway County and Bristol city have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Virginia, at 22.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Virginia by county over multiple years.

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